I love the look of a pond with rock lining the inside, but when I built my pond I was on a tight budget so I skipped the rock. I didn't buy any rock - I scavenged them all at building sites and along the road. As said before, once the algae coats the sides of the liner, it doesn't look too bad. I also use a pond-vac to clean the bottom of the pond in the spring and fall, so having no rock on the bottom makes that easier.
@GBBUDD ; nice videos overall. One thing I noted is you're using some sort of gopro type on a stick to film these, right? I use to do the same. Last year, I modified an RC boat to accept my gopro unit and the type of video I can now get is tremendously better. Maybe this is of interest? IMO, beats having to walk around approximating what you're seeing. The RC boat gives different viewing angles/perspectives, all while sitting in a chair using a remote. Modification wasn't hard; just add some sort of bracket that will fit your gopro housing and voila! you're good to go. I even added a telescoping unit with swivel joint to the bottom of my bracket so I can get waterline as well as deep, bottom of the pond footage.When the liner ages and gets covered in a fine film of algae it can look natural . the folds if you even pay attention as you set the liner and the water can look like fractures in the ledge . but it's just your rubber. If you have a chance of water under the liner i would have to say theres little choice , rock it is . Now i do have rock in my pond big rock and while the bald liner can have its own effect and definate benifit in cleaning it just doesn't have the same pop as boulders do .
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